At the pinnacle of the “muscle car wars” between the major American auto manufacturers in 1970, Plymouth intoduced its Winged Warrior, the Plymouth Superbird. It became the cousin to the Dodge’s Daytona Charger introduced in late 1969. The aerodynamic big wing was thought to give an incredible advantage to Mopar’s legendary muscle cars on race tracks across America. When they dropped the 426 Hemi engine in one of these winged wonders it made them truly unbeatable.
In order to compete in NASCAR, Plymouth had to produce their winged race cars for sale to the public. In 1970, NASCAR’s rules said that in order to homologate a race car for NASCAR competition the factory had to produce two street cars for every dealership they had in the country. Plymouth is said to have produced 1,935 Superbirds in 1970. But only 135 were built with the monster 426 ci Hemi power plant. The 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird you see pictured here is one of them. It was just posted for sale by Legendary Motorcar Company, a world famous restoration facility and famous for hosting the TV series Dream Car Garage. They tell us this car was ordered on behalf of Chrysler Motors Corp for one of their fortunate regional managers. Brought back to Baxter Chrysler-Plymouth once its corporate duties were fulfilled, the first official buyer of the Superbird traded in his 1967 Pontiac plus a grand total $3,465 and drove it home with a bill of sale dated November 18, 1970.
The Hemi Superbird has since been restored to its factory correct EV2 Tor-Red color (known as Hemi Orange to Dodge fans.) Legendary Motorcar Company says it comes with a Granny shifted automatic and black vinyl bench seats, but also has power steering and power disc brakes.
In order to get these Superbirds into production for the 1970 sales year Plymouth had to graft a Dodge Coronet front fenders and a hood on a Belvedere body to avoid having to redesign the car from scratch. The Superbird wing had to be 40 percent larger than the Daytona wing and swept back further. The “beak” of the Bird contoured differently and is slightly higher than the cone of the Daytona. The front inlet was also redesigned to cure an overheating problem found on some Daytonas. Although the Daytonas graded better in aerodynamic tests, the Superbird had a 99.5 percent stability rating, giving it a distinct advantage on the high banked NASCAR tracks. The winged cars won 75 percent of the NASCAR races in 1970. The next year NASCAR changed its rules again to eliminate the Superbird from competition. Thus Plymouth dropped its Superbird program, making it a one-year wonder and an incredible piece of automotive history.
This car has been SOLD.